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Manifesto First Papuan Peoples' Congress, October 19, 1961

We, the undersigned, residents of the western part of Papua, representing various groups, tribes and religious denominations, knowing that we are united as a people and a nation,


To all our fellow countrymen that we,

I. in pursuance of Article 73a and b of the Charter of the United Nations;

II. on the strength of the declaration of principle regarding the independence of non-self- governing territories and peoples, as laid down in the resolution No. 1514 (XV) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at its Fifteenth Meeting from September 20 to December 20 1960;

III. by virtue of the inviolable right we, inhabitants of the western part of Papua, have to our native country;

IV. in accordance with the ardent desire and the yearning of our people for our own independence, through the National Committee and our parliament, the New Guinea Council, insist with the Government of Netherlands New Guinea and the Netherlands Government that as of November 1, 1961,
a) our flag be hoisted beside the Netherlands flag;
b) our national anthem ("Hai Tanahku Papua") be sung and played in addition to the Netherlands national anthem;
c) our country bear the name of Papua Barat (West Papua), and
d) our people be called: the Papuan people.

In view of the foregoing, we, Papuans, demand our own position, equal to that of the free nations and in the ranks of these nations, we, Papuans, wish to live in peace and to contribute to the maintenance of world peace.

Through this manifesto we summon all inhabitants who love this country and its people to rally round this manifesto and to uphold it, as it is the sole basis for the freedom of the Papuan people. Hollandia, October 19, 1961.

W. Inury D. Sawom
P. Poana A. Onim
F.J.S. Rumainum E. Itaar
M. Suwa J.J. Roembiak
J. Jaab M. Ongg
P.H. Jochu Iz. Menufandu
M. Wai N. Jouwe
H. Mori Muzendi P. Koejab
W. Zonggonao F. Jufuway
A.J.A. Rumtoboy E. Noembery
J.S. Dekeniap S.L. Rumadas
T.S. Akwan H. Jomungga
M. Buotabui F. Torey
M.W. Kaisipo B. Gebze
Th. Mezet J.E. Bonay
N. Tanggahma H.I. Bauw
Sp. Malibela T. Dansidan
W. Giay O. Nemnay
A. Sefa J. Manory
L. Ayamiseba M. Rumainum

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)